From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 963-964

MICHAEL J. CANTWELL, book and job printers; office, 13 King St.; owns residence on Gorham St.; he is a native of Ireland, born in 1837, and came to the United States in 1849, and settled the same year in Madison; he learned his trade in the office of the Wisconsin Express, a weekly published by ATTWOOD & BUCK. Was Orderly Sergeant of the Madison Guards, the first company tendered to and accepted by the State, and afterward known as Co. E, 1st W.V.I.., three months' service - G. E. BRYANT, Captain; re-enlisted in Co. C, 12th W.V.I., as First Lieutenant - Col. G. E. BRYANT, commanding - and was mustered out Nov. 14, 1864; was the first in the Potomac army, afterward in the Western; was in the siege of Vicksburg and capture of Atlanta; was on staff duty, as Asst. Provost Marshal, ordinance officer, and, for the last year, was Quartermaster of the 12th W.V.I. In 1866 and also in 1868, was candidate for Register of Deeds, and both times ran largely ahead of his ticket; was elected City Treasurer in 1877; was several years a Director in the Madison Institute; is a life member of the State Agricultural Society, also of the Dane Co. Agricultural Society, and has been identified with most of the enterprises of Madison. Was married in 1865, to Miss Kate BYRNE, of Fitchburg, Dane Co., Wis.; they have nine children - Frank W., David B., James D., Edward K., Rosemary, John R., Joseph M., Catherine I. and Margaret, all at home. Started a job-printing office in May, 1867, in his present place of business; his is the only exclusive book and job printing office in Madison; he has an extended patronage and is an energetic business man.

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